On This Date 8/3/1984

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Gymnast Mary Lou Retton becomes the sweetheart of the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, winning the Gold Medal in the Women’s All-Around event. The 16-year-old from West Virginia won the Gold Medal after scoring perfect ten scores on the floor exercise and the vault just five weeks after knee surgery. Retton becomes the first American to win the honor of the Gold Medal as the Best Gymnast at the Olympic Games.